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1st XV - Match centre

Wirral
Vale of Lune
J Annetts, C Crowley (2), M Williams (2), J Reeve (2), S Gratton (2), C Speed, R Higginson
Tries
J Annetts (9), J Murray
Conversions
Sat 6 Apr 15:00 - Northern Division - North Premier Full time

Wirral Overwhelm Vale of Lune

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Wirral put on a dominant display against already relegated Vale of Lune (VoL)

In the last home game of the season and still missing a number of the first team squad the Wirral team put on a dominant display to run in 11 tries against an already relegated VOL. The match was played on a warm spring day with Wirral playing towards the club house in the first half.
There were a couple of players returning to the team with the changes being as follows: the second row was the young pairing of MATT DALTON and Hayden Long, Tom Parry and Joe Murray returned to the back row and scrum half respectively. Chris Speed returned to the centres and the wings were Ben Brooks and JOSH CONNOLLY with Chris Crowley moving back to full back.
Wirral were immediately on the attack with a break from Chris Crowley and in the 3rd minute, James Annetts broke through from 25m out to score and he then proceeded to convert his next 9 conversions. On 8 minutes a 30m run by Ryan Higginson set up Chris Crowley to cross, 14-0. Great passing between Chris Speed and Mark Williams saw the latter score, 21-0 13 minutes. The try bonus point came after 20 minutes, when a kick downfield was fielded by VOL but Chris Crowley following up pinned the away side in their 20m area and Vale did manage to clear to touch. From the resultant line out caught by Rob Pearl a pass to James Reeve on the run round enabled JAMES to crash over, 28-0 (20 minutes).
A break by Mark Williams and a kick ahead resulted in a penalty against the VOL player who obstructed and a sin bin. From this position pressure built on the VOL line and concluded with STUART GRATTAN being awarded the try from the forwards pushing back their opposite numbers, 35-0 (24 minutes). VOL tried an attack and a kick through was deftly picked up by JOSH CONNOLLY who made good ground before the ball was recycled and JAMES REEVES was on hand to pick up and shake off attempted tacklers to score close to the posts. 42-0 (32 minutes). A period of good passing amongst the centres led to an opportunity down the right and a delayed pass to JOSH CONNOLLY prevented him scoring his first try for the first team and it was left to Chris Speed to pick up and score in the corner, a great conversion from James Annetts followed, 49-0 this was the last score before half time.
The second half started in the same vein with a good break by Chris Speed as he broke through several tackles before passing onto Ben Brooks who was stopped close to the VOL line, the ball was recycled and Ryan Higginson was on hand to charge over from 10m out, 56-0 (41 minutes). VOL had decided to control the ball more in this half and for the next 17 minutes controlled play in the Wirral half and the Wirral defence had to be on their toes to keep Vale out. On 47 minutes, Chris Speed came off as a pre caution and was replaced by Mark Gidman with Ben Brooks moving into the centres and a few minutes later, Adam Don and Ryan Stead came on for Paul Lewis and MATT DALTON respectively. On 59 minutes a great jinking run by JOSH CONNOLLY saw the winger stopped 5m from the line but STUART GRATTAN was on hand to score his second try (5 of the 9 tries so far had been scored by forwards) 63-0.
3 minutes later came the best individual try when Mark Williams scored after a weaving run from 60m out to score close to the corner flag, unfortunately this try was not converted by James Annetts but he had converted 9 out of 10- 68-0 (62 minutes). On 67 minutes Vale suffered their 2nd yellow card. James Annetts left the field injured, appeared to be a “stinger” and MATT Dalton returned to the game with Tom Parry moving into the backs. After a period of sustained pressure, Vale scored through Jack Aryton close to the posts and the conversion followed from Fergus Owen, 68-7 (72 minutes). However the final score came from Wirral when MATT DALTON newly back on the field made a break and passed onto Chris Crowley who crossed for his second try close to the posts. Joe Murray took the conversion from the 20m line and kept up his 100% conversion rate. Wirral continued to apply pressure in the closing minutes of the game but could not add to their score.
It was good to see the team get their confidence back and this was an all-round team performance. Wirral remain in 7th place and could rise up the league if they win at Alnwick next week and other results go in their favour. The team and followers are leaving on Friday afternoon and will return on Sunday for this longest away trip of the season.

Win a Maximuscle training session with Anthony Watson

Key moments

3:00
Try James Annetts scores for Wirral
3:00
Conversion James Annetts kicks a conversion for Wirral
8:00
Try Chris Crowley scores for Wirral
8:00
Conversion James Annetts kicks a conversion for Wirral
13:00
Try Mark Williams scores for Wirral
13:00
Conversion James Annetts kicks a conversion for Wirral
20:00
Try James Reeve scores for Wirral
20:00
Conversion James Annetts kicks a conversion for Wirral
24:00
Try Stuart Gratton scores for Wirral
24:00
Conversion James Annetts kicks a conversion for Wirral
32:00
Try James Reeve scores for Wirral
32:00
Conversion James Annetts kicks a conversion for Wirral
36:00
Try Chris Speed scores for Wirral
36:00
Conversion James Annetts kicks a conversion for Wirral
41:00
Try Ryan Higginson scores for Wirral
41:00
Conversion James Annetts kicks a conversion for Wirral
59:00
Try Stuart Gratton scores for Wirral
59:00
Conversion James Annetts kicks a conversion for Wirral
62:00
Try Mark Williams scores for Wirral
76:00
Try Chris Crowley scores for Wirral
76:00
Conversion Joe Murray kicks a conversion for Wirral

Highlights

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76:00 Conversion 75 - 0
Joe Murray kicks a conversion for Wirral
76:00 Try Assist
Matty Dalton makes an assist for Wirral
76:00 Try 73 - 0
Chris Crowley scores for Wirral
66:00 Sub On
Matty Dalton is substituted on for Wirral
66:00 Sub Off
James Annetts is substituted off for Wirral
62:00 Missed Conversion
James Annetts misses a conversion for Wirral
62:00 Try 68 - 0
Mark Williams scores for Wirral
59:00 Conversion 63 - 0
James Annetts kicks a conversion for Wirral
59:00 Try 61 - 0
Stuart Gratton scores for Wirral
59:00 Try Assist
Joshua Connolly makes an assist for Wirral
55:00 Sub On
Ryan Stead is substituted on for Wirral
55:00 Sub Off
Matty Dalton is substituted off for Wirral
55:00 Sub On
Adam Don is substituted on for Wirral
55:00 Sub Off
Paul Lewis is substituted off for Wirral
47:00 Sub On
Mark Gidman is substituted on for Wirral
47:00 Sub Off
Chris Speed is substituted off for Wirral
41:00 Try 56 - 0
Ryan Higginson scores for Wirral
41:00 Conversion 51 - 0
James Annetts kicks a conversion for Wirral
41:00 Try Assist
Ben Brooks makes an assist for Wirral
End of period 1
36:00 Conversion 49 - 0
James Annetts kicks a conversion for Wirral
36:00 Try Assist
Joshua Connolly makes an assist for Wirral
36:00 Try 47 - 0
Chris Speed scores for Wirral
32:00 Conversion 42 - 0
James Annetts kicks a conversion for Wirral
32:00 Try 40 - 0
James Reeve scores for Wirral
24:00 Conversion 35 - 0
James Annetts kicks a conversion for Wirral
24:00 Try 33 - 0
Stuart Gratton scores for Wirral
20:00 Try Assist
Rob Pearl makes an assist for Wirral
20:00 Try 28 - 0
James Reeve scores for Wirral
20:00 Conversion 23 - 0
James Annetts kicks a conversion for Wirral
13:00 Conversion 21 - 0
James Annetts kicks a conversion for Wirral
13:00 Try Assist
Chris Speed makes an assist for Wirral
13:00 Try 19 - 0
Mark Williams scores for Wirral
8:00 Conversion 14 - 0
James Annetts kicks a conversion for Wirral
8:00 Try Assist
Ryan Higginson makes an assist for Wirral
8:00 Try 12 - 0
Chris Crowley scores for Wirral
3:00 Conversion 7 - 0
James Annetts kicks a conversion for Wirral
3:00 Try 5 - 0
James Annetts scores for Wirral
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As it happened

  • Wirral
  • Vale of Lune
  • 0
  • James Annetts Try 3:00'
  • James Annetts Conversion 3:00'
  • Chris Crowley Try 8:00'
  • Ryan Higginson Try Assist 8:00'
  • James Annetts Conversion 8:00'
  • Mark Williams Try 13:00'
  • Chris Speed Try Assist 13:00'
  • James Annetts Conversion 13:00'
  • James Annetts Conversion 20:00'
  • Rob Pearl Try Assist 20:00'
  • James Reeve Try 20:00'
  • Stuart Gratton Try 24:00'
  • James Annetts Conversion 24:00'
  • James Reeve Try 32:00'
  • James Annetts Conversion 32:00'
  • Chris Speed Try 36:00'
  • Joshua Connolly Try Assist 36:00'
  • James Annetts Conversion 36:00'
  • Ryan Higginson Try 41:00'
  • Ben Brooks Try Assist 41:00'
  • James Annetts Conversion 41:00'
  • Chris Speed Sub Off 47:00'
  • Mark Gidman Sub On 47:00'
  • Paul Lewis Sub Off 55:00'
  • Adam Don Sub On 55:00'
  • Matty Dalton Sub Off 55:00'
  • Ryan Stead Sub On 55:00'
  • Joshua Connolly Try Assist 59:00'
  • Stuart Gratton Try 59:00'
  • James Annetts Conversion 59:00'
  • Mark Williams Try 62:00'
  • James Annetts Sub Off 66:00'
  • Matty Dalton Sub On 66:00'
  • Chris Crowley Try 76:00'
  • Matty Dalton Try Assist 76:00'
  • Joe Murray Conversion 76:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Hull 26 118
2. Blaydon 26 99
3. Harrogate 26 98
4. Billingham 26 89
5. Rossendale 26 72
6. Sandal 26 70
7. Wirral 26 69

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